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New Policy Makes Room for Pedestrians & Bicyclists on KY Roads

FRANKFORT, KY - (July 19, 2002) - In the future, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will plan and build all new and reconstructed roadways with more than motor vehicles in mind. Secretary of Transportation, James C. Codell, III recently signed the Pedestrian and Bicycle Travel Policy. This new policy will help guide the Cabinet's evaluation of when, where, and how to include pedestrian and bicycle facilities as part of the overall transportation system.

The policy guidelines give roadway planners and designers specific criteria for accommodating pedestrian and bicycle travel. Planners will bear in mind adjacent land use, existing pedestrian traffic, local bike plans, transit stops, and public input to determine the necessity for accommodating non-motorized travel. In February 2000, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued the Design Guidance, Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach. This document paved the way for establishing the Kentucky Pedestrian and Bicycle Task Force, a group whose charge was to draft a set of policies and recommendations to improve facilities, accessibility and safety for non-motorized travel in Kentucky. Secretary of Transportation James Codell says the Cabinet has achieved the goal of the USDOT's Design Guidance - "Every transportation agency has the responsibility and the opportunity to make a difference to the bicycle and pedestrian friendliness of our communities. The design information to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians is available, as is the funding." The Cabinet is committed to doing all it can to improve conditions for bicycling and walking and to make them safer ways to travel. More information and copies of the policy are available at the Division of Multimodal Programs, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 125 Holmes Street, Frankfort Kentucky 40622.

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